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Friedman: Rangers to pursue UFA Danis Zaripov

August 27, 2017, by

Per Elliott’s Friedman, the Rangers are expected to pursue forward Danis Zaripov if he decides to come to the NHL. The 36 year old has been a mainstay in the KHL until his two year ban for doping.

After missing out on Alex Kerfoot, the Rangers are doing their jobs by at least kicking the tires on Zaripov. He’s not a center, but adding forward depth, especially a guy that consistently put up 45 points in the KHL. At worst, if the Rangers get him, he competes with Matt Puempel for the 12F spot.

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24 comments

  1. Jerry says:

    Interesting, thanks Dave.

  2. BOBBY B says:

    36 years old?????? Sather must be involved on this deal.

  3. tanto says:

    Not a particularly good idea. Zaripov will probably command way too much salary-wise to be stuck on a 4th line and if he’s looking for more than a 1 year deal, even worse. If he was a center then the dynamics change somewhat.

  4. Al Hirschen says:

    Put up some good numbers and has played in most of his team games and has a good Plus minus rating . http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=45222

    • Reenavipul says:

      He put up good numbers a decade ago.

      A post 35 4th liner who can’t skate is something the Rangers have never needed.

    • Egelstein says:

      Plus/minus has more to do with the other four skaters on the ice and the goalie than it does the one skater to which it applies – the one skater to which it applies is only 16.7% of the equation. This is why plus/minus should never be used to evaluate a player. Never understood why it was ever even used as an individual evaluation tool. Only useful on a team basis.

  5. AWDS says:

    I really don’t understand the pessimism…. for those of you who don’t know, the guy has been a consistent PPG+ player in the KHL.

    Players coming over from there score, historically on average, .8 points in the NHL for each one they had in KHL.

    Given middle six & PP time, he could easily get 50-60+ points.

    And while he’s 36, because he has played exclusively in the KHL (where the season is only 50 games), he has suffered less wear & tear than an NHL counterpart of the same age.

    In other words…. this guy might actually be someone worth pursuing.

    • Tom says:

      Less wear and tear? The khl rinks are 15 feet wider and longer than the nhl rinks. It should be about the same wear and tear. Plus he’s not what we need in our youth movement

    • Eugene says:

      He is slow, and had luxury playing on wide ice…. he’ll be killed here

    • Egelstein says:

      One caveat: Attempting to come to a PPG conversion for KHL to NHL is skewed by the fact that the NHL usually only takes the top of the KHL crop. It’s not usually 36 year olds who don’t seem particularly speedy/nimble in the first place coming off a doping bust for something they may have been doing for _____ years in the first place to help them perform at even the level that they did. If the NHL got, say, half of it’s players from the KHL, then this comparison would probably be pretty solid. That’s not the case, though, so it kinda throws it out the window a bit. It’s a small sample to start with, then gets skewed further by the fact that it’s often younger guys who look like they could really be something coming from the KHL…not 36 year olds whom the NHL apparently had little interest in even during their primes.

      If they want to give him a two way contract with NHL minimum if he sticks, meh, fine then. Shrug. Hartford needs bodies, too. Anything else though, no thanks.

      • AWDS says:

        “One caveat: Attempting to come to a PPG conversion for KHL to NHL is skewed by the fact that the NHL usually only takes the top of the KHL crop. It’s not usually 36 year olds who don’t seem particularly speedy/nimble in the first place coming off a doping bust for something they may have been doing for _____ years in the first place to help them perform at even the level that they did.”
        __________

        True, that is a good point that we don’t see the lower end bottom 6 guys dragging that lofty .8 coefficient down.

        However, as a guy who has scored north of a point per game (with 22 pts in 15 playoff games last season alone), Zaripov is clearly a highly skilled player. IMO, he could be a “poor man’s Radulov”, as he has put up similar numbers over his career.

        Also, the reason the NHL has stated they will allow him to sign a contract is because the “banned substance” he tested positive for was (IIRC) the common medication sudafed, and it’s not actually banned under the CBA.

        As such, in the eyes of the NHL, it’s a moot point whether or not he tested positive for it.

  6. Al Hirschen says:

    Mike Keenen has coached him and probably given Gordon and AV a good break down on his playing ability

  7. Richter1994 says:

    Little Johnnie Smith, an 8 year old puck moving D man, is trying to break free from his commitment to his Mighty Mite team, if his dad will let him.

    It has been said that if Johnnie’s dad gives Johnnie permission to leave his Mighty Mite team, then it has been reported that the Rangers will pursue him.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Now, now–Zaripov’s ability to mask his steroid/recreational drug intake could be just what the 2nd power play unit needs.

  8. Mikeyyy says:

    Watched some of his highlights. I’d rather pay jagr 4 mil to sit as the 12f/13f

  9. craig says:

    I can hardly catch my breath from the excitement: this is definately the most exciting rumor since we were getting Mark Messier! Really?This is the best they can come up with? A thirty six year old average player who has played in Russia his whole life and busted for doping. Sounds like a waste of money. WE NEED AN EXPERIENCED CENTER! Bozak or Duchane if a deal is possible or some magic pulled by Gordan. Maybe Anderson will step in and be a beast, though not likely.

  10. SalMerc says:

    My only comment – why?

  11. Mancunian Candidate says:

    He’s had his contract voided for drug use (steroids/stimulants). A huge red flag at age 36. Too old and I’m not impressed with his point totals. Buchnevich would’ve been doing the same in the KHL last year and he’s 14 years younger than Zaripov.

  12. idesof says:

    And you,JG, won’t look at Jagermister? The problem is he knows the NHL? Has a few goals to his NHL record and as far as I know all he’s done is post a picture with a young lady in the background. Drugs, banned substances, performance enhancers? Maybe in the bedroom but not a sniff of wrong doing on the ice. Oh, I almost forgot, he”ll be a bad influence on the younger players you drafted JG. Couldn’t care less about AV or what he has to say. Now, all your guys only have to say is “I didn’t know” or “no one told me it would be a problem”‘ This is who you chose?
    Say it aint so Jeff, your creditability is on the line. Can you tell by the comments above?

  13. Al Hirschen says:

    The NHL has cleared him to sign an NHL the contract and his agent has already been in contact

  14. craig says:

    Rumors circulating that Jean Ratelle has been invited to training camp, seeking a five year no death contract. We do need a center.